Wrapping Up by Ari Sasson
If there is one thing I have learned in this program, it is that struggling early on should not dissuade you... instead of backing down from the task at hand, I asked for help and advice and watched my skills slowly grow."
If there is one thing I have learned in this program, it is that struggling early on should not dissuade you.
My first time sorting flies didn’t go very well. I couldn't flick them into the vial, I mixed up males and females, and I let them drop into very wet food.
Instead of backing down from the task at hand, I asked for help and advice and watched my skills slowly grow.
The same can be said about the larval memory assay. On a particularly busy Thursday, I mismanaged my time and found myself learning the larval memory assay at 4:45. Even before I got larva out of the vial, I knew I would be very late that day. With Dr. Amanda Purdy by my side to help me, I learned the assay by doing two conditions at a time. Although frantic, I learned the steps of the assay, albeit messily. I lost flies left and right, ruined the agar plates almost immediately, and lost track of how many trials I had done, but at the end of the day the assay was learned. Over the next few experimental days, I kept at the larval memory assay, and by the end of the program I could do it with ease.
1/13/2020 01:39:37 pm
This was so much fun to read! I can personally attest to how much Ari loved this experience and how much he grew from it!
1/14/2020 07:54:09 am
Ari, this was so enjoyable and inspiring to read! You rock! Now come chat as a guest speaker to my AP classes please :)
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